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10:20 AM ET, March 29, 2019

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches new Ad Library that now makes all active ads and inactive political ads searchable, opens Ad Library API to all Facebook-verified developers  —  Now you can search Facebook for how much Trump has spent on ads in the past year, which Pages' ads reference immigration, or what a Page's previous names were.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Sources: Financial Times' parent company Nikkei will buy one-third of Singapore-based Deal Street Asia in a ~$5M deal that is expected to close in April  —  Fresh from picking up a majority stake in Europe-based The Next Web, the Financial Times is buying another tech blog.
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Jay Rosen, who helped The Correspondent in its campaign to fund its English-language expansion, says mistakes were made in communications as plans evolved  —  A decision not to have its headquarters in New York or the US, and to base the English-language site in Amsterdam, has drawn criticism from supporters.
Alexandra Stevenson / New York Times:
Rappler's Maria Ressa is arrested and posts bail in the Philippines for allegedly violating a law that prohibits majority foreign ownership of a media outlet  —  Maria Ressa, the co-founder of an online news start-up critical of President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines …
Discussion: RAPPLER, RAPPLER, Reuters, Reuters, NPR and BBC
Emily Bell / Columbia Journalism Review:
It's possible for tech companies to find ways to support independent newsrooms, but direct patronage like Google's for McClatchy is not likely one of those ways  —  On Tuesday, Google announced it would partner with McClatchy to fund three, new local news entities in communities of less than 500,000 people.
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Source: while at the White House, Bill Shine called Fox News control room during an Ivanka Trump interview asking producers to change the chyron; they refused  —  Bill Shine was accustomed to calling into control rooms at Fox News when he served as co-president of the network.
Discussion: TVNewser
Jeanine Poggi / AdAge India:
A&E Networks unveils P1, a tool that offers audience targeting and metrics reports to small and mid-size clients, to entice them into trying TV advertising  —  New tool will lower the cost of entry for brands to advertise on its channels  —  A&E Networks is looking to woo brands …
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
Chinese news aggregator Qutoutiao receives a $171M loan from Alibaba, convertible to shares that represent 4% of the company  —  The race to give Chinese users their daily dose of news intensifies as Qutoutiao, a rival to TikTok parent Bytedance, net an installment of sizable backing.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Qutoutiao Inc.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
US Department of Housing and Urban Development files charges against Facebook, saying the company's ad targeting tools enable violations of Fair Housing Act  —  'Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live,' says HUD secretary
Andrew Liptak / The Verge:
MGM's Epix rolls out its Epix Now streaming service to Roku and Amazon Fire TV subscribers for $5.99/month  —  It has a decent library of shows and films  —  In February, MGM launched a streaming service for its premium channel Epix called Epix Now for iOS and Android users.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Second defamation case against Turkish journalist Pelin Ünker for her work on the Paradise Papers has been dismissed due to the statute of limitations  —  The only journalist to be prosecuted over the Paradise Papers investigation had a second case against her dismissed today.
 
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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
YouTube TV completes its US rollout and is now available in all 210 US TV markets
Jacob Granger / Journalism.co.uk:
United Robots execs detail how their automation makes stories for Sweden's MittMedia, Aftonbladet, and others, including plans for texts to get coaches' quotes
Todd Spangler / Variety:
FuboTV becomes the latest internet TV service to hike prices, increasing the subscription price for its base package from $44.99 per month to $54.99 per month
Discussion: Fast Company and CordCutters
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Lawrence Bartley / The Marshall Project:
The Marshall Project launches a print publication, News Inside, distributed in prisons and jails in 19 states so far, edited by a former inmate Lawrence Bartley
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
BBC says it plans to expand its Sounds app, which had 1.7M downloads since its launch over four months ago, with third party podcasts and live radio shows
Discussion: Fortune and About the BBC
Mike Allen / Axios:
ABC News' chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl becomes the latest journalist to write a book about Trump, coming 2020
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Patrick Soon-Shiong details his long term plans for The LA Times including fixing editorial and updating the business model, at a short term cost of ~$50M